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Admission Criteria

Applicants must submit a completed application to Nursing CAS by the deadline date to be considered for admission. Application status emails will be sent to the email provided on the application via NursingCAS.

Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials are submitted. 

  • Completed Application submitted to NursingCAS (go to APPLY NOW) refer to Nursing CAS instructions for admission requirements.
  • Complete Graduate School of Nursing checklist, submit directly to the Graduate School of Nursing.
    (PRINT CHECKLIST)
  • A notarized proof of residency (all applicants, both Massachusetts Residents and non-residents, must submit) (PRINT FORM)

If you have any questions e-mail gsnadmissions@umassmed.edu

NursingCAS application process opens August 15, 2021 for admission cycle 2022.

GEP:
   Priority Deadline: 12/1/21
   Completed Application Deadline: 12/15/21

PGO to DNP and PGO to MS:
   Priority Deadline: 1/15/22
   Completed Deadline: 2/15/22

BSN to DNP and BSN to MS:
   Priority Deadline: 2/1/22
   Completed Deadline: 3/15/22

PHD (Fall 2022):
   Priority Deadline: 2/1/22
   Completed Application Deadline: 3/15/22

Acute PGC:
   Priority Deadline: 2/1/22
   Competed Application Deadline: 3/15/22

Psych MH & Primary PGC:
   Priority Deadline: 4/15/22
   Completed Application Deadline: 5/1/22

Online Post Master's DNP:
   Priority Deadline: 4/15/22
   Competed Application Deadline: 5/1/22

Graduate Entry Pathway (GEP)

  • Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Completed Application by deadline date
  • GRE's are not required
     Prerequisites
  • Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (taken within five years grade B- or higher)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (taken within five years grade B- or higher)
  • Microbiology with Lab (taken within five years grade B- or higher)
  • College Level Statistics Course (no time limit)
  • Nutrition Course (taken within 5 years grade B- or higher)
  • Human Growth & Development Across the Lifespan Course (taken within five years grade B- or higher)
  • CPR Certification for Health Providers (BLS) by the American Heart Association (After acceptance to program and prior to August orientation)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

     BSN to DNP Track
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
  • Evidence of unrestricted Massachusetts licensure as a registered nurse
  • Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or higher
  • CPR Certification for Health Providers (BLS) by the American Heart Association
  • Completed Application by deadline date
  • GRE's are not required
     Pre-Graduate Option (PGO) to DNP
  • Associate's degree or diploma in nursing and a bachelor's degree or higher in another non- nursing discipline
  • Evidence of unrestricted Massachusetts licensure as a registered nurse
  • Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or higher
  • CPR Certification for Health Providers (BLS) by the American Heart Association
  • Completed Application by deadline date
  • GRE's are not required
     Post Master's DNP Track
  • A Master’s degree in nursing and certified as NPs, CNSs, CRNAs, or CNMs or hold a Master’s degree in nursing or a health related field for nurse administrators.
  • Master's Degree in non-nursing field is acceptable for applying Nurse Administrators (must have bachelor's of science in nursing degree)
  • Evidence of unrestricted Massachusetts licensure as a registered nurse
  • Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or higher
  • CPR Certification for Health Providers (BLS) by the American Heart Association
  • Completed Application by deadline date
     DNP Prerequisites
  • College Level Statistics Course
  • Refer to GEP program for Prerequisites

PhD Program

  • GRE's are not required
  • Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or higher
  • College Level Statistics Course
  • Interview with at least two PhD faculty
  • Completed Application by deadline date
     Additional Admission Criteria for Post DNP to PhD
  • DNP degree
  • GRE's are not required
  • 2 letters of reference – 1 must be from the DNP project advisor or equivalent
  • Pre-Requisites:
    • Graduate course in Statistics/Data Analysis
    • Graduate course in Health Policy
    • Proficiency using SPSS or other data analysis software is preferred (workshop may be required)

Master of Science

  • GRE's are not required
  • Bachelor-prepared Registered Nurse or Post-Graduate RN with a BS in another field
  • Current MA nursing license
  • 2 or more years of nursing practice experience
  • Scholastic GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Personal Goal Statement. A 1,000-word essay explaining your personal and professional decision to pursue this nursing specialty and your 5-year career plan after graduating from the program.
  • 3 Letters of recommendation from people you were in contact with during the last five years. 1 academic (from a former faculty member), 1 professional, and 1 from a professional nurse recently responsible for evaluating your nursing practice.
  • Interview with faculty, if advanced forwardin the admission process
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) results are needed for those applicants whose language of instruction was not English.  Scores above 250 on the computer test or 600 on the paper test or 100 on the internet-based test is recommended.

Pre-Requisites: Within 5 years

  • Statistics 

Certificates 

  • Applicants must be practicing NPs with an MS or doctoral degree who are certified as Adult, Gerontology, Adult-Gerontology Primary or Acute Care, Family or Pediatric NPs.  Refer to fact sheets for any certificate specific requirements if any. 
  • Evidence of unrestricted Massachusetts licensure as a registered nurse
  • Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or higher
  • CPR Certification for Health Providers (BLS) by the American Heart Association
  • Completed Application by deadline date
     Prerequisites
  • College Level Statistics Course

On-Line Post Masters DNP

  • Completed Personal Statement (see Nursing CAS for further instructions)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation, from persons whom you have been in contact within the last five years: (1) A recent supervisor who can evaluate APN (Advanced Practice Nurse) or nurse administrator employment experience, (2) A professional reference from a Masters or Doctoral prepared nurse who can speak to your potential for academic success and can evaluate your leadership potential as an APN or nurse administrator with a DNP. submitted to Nursing CAS
  • Evidence of an unrestricted license Massachusetts licensure as an RN
  • Resume submitted to Nursing CAS